mean-spirited
meanspirited mean"spir`it*ed, mean-spirited mean"-spir`it*ed, a. 1. Of a mean spirit; petty; small-minded; base; groveling; -- of people. -- {Mean"-spir`it*ed*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

2. Done for malevolent reasons; -- of deeds and actions.

Syn: base, contemptible, currish, mean, meanspirited, scurvy. [WordNet 1.5]


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